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Coining the Hearth – Effective Trading

Effective trading in a game of Hearthstone is essential to your success, and seems to be one of the concepts that players take the longest to grasp. With only 30 cards to work with in a Hearthstone deck, trading your cards effectively for your opponents can often make or break the success of your game.

When in Doubt, Math it Out:

A little bit of maths can go a long way in competitive card games, and the same concepts can be applied to Hearthstone as well. Since there are only 30 cards in a hearthstone deck, one card will work out to 3.33 percent of your Hearthstone Deck.

Obviously the math changes as you proceed further into the game, as drawing more cards out of your deck effectively increases the chance of getting a certain card if you haven’t drawn it yet by 3.33% with every card you draw.

This makes drawing cards quite an important factor in Hearthstone as discussed in my Coining the Hearth article about card advantage , as each card you draw gives you a higher chance of drawing the answer to his threats. On the flip side of the coin, you can also use maths to help when trading creatures as well.

Two for One is Bad:

Trading two of your cards for one of your opponent’s cards is a cardinal sin in Hearthstone if it can be avoided. In maths terms, you are using 6.66 percent of your deck to deal with his 3.33 percent of your opponent’s deck, which immediately gives him a card advantage he may not have had.

To be fair, sometimes the situation is unavoidable, and you have to use two of your cards to get rid of his threat, but this situation should be avoided at all costs. If you are the kind of player that likes playing Area-of-Effect (AoE) spells, you may even want to wait a turn or two and sacrifice some life in order to get an even better trade out of the spell.

If you one card takes out 4 of his cards that can only be described as a massive swing in your favour, and is generally a hard place to recover from for your opponent.

Take Your Time:

Playing at the speed of light does not benefit anyone but your opponent, as you will often find yourself wishing you could turn back the clock after you’ve made a mistake. This can be avoided easily by just taking your time to look at the board and at your cards every time.

Once you’ve decided on what the most effective play is, take your time to make sure you make the play in the right order as well. Small mistakes can come back to bite you badly in Hearthstone, and can be easily avoided by simply taking your time to think things through.

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